Part Night Lighting

Essex County Council is responsible for street lights and in order to save costs (£1 million) and to ensure good environmental management has introduced a part-night lighting programme.  This means that Essex County Council-owned street lights that don’t meet specified exception criteria have been turned off between 1am and 5am except for Sunday night/Monday morning.

Can streetlights be switched back on when there is an emergency?

Yes, in an emergency situation, Essex County Council can be asked by the police or other emergency service to turn the lights on in a particular street or area if there is an urgent need.


We know that residents are concerned about crime, accidents and antisocial behaviour in connection with part-night lighting.  Details of the latest crime statistics for Rochford can be found here and also in the Related Content.

How can requests be made to turn lights back on?

If you feel your road is covered by the exception criteria please email or write to the Essex County Council Customer Services department at: email: Essex Highways Customer Services at or write to Customer Services, Essex Highways, PO Box 11, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LX.

Part-night lighting exceptions

Essex County Council has published exceptions criteria specifying where street lights will remain on throughout the night.  Please see the Related Content section for details of the exceptions criteria. If you feel your street either meets this criteria or you feel your street lighting should be switched on, please complete the 'part night lighting concerns' form in Related Content.

Part-night lighting views and feedback

We are interested in hearing your views, thoughts or concerns on the part-night lighting programme.  All views and comments will be reported to Essex County Council and reported back on this page. Please use the form in Related Content to send us your views and concerns. You can find feedback in Related Content.

Who is responsible for the lights

The 'report a problem with a street light' system on the Essex County Council website shows the lights they are responsible for. Please follow the link in Related Content to go into this system and search for the street you would like to check. Once you have selected an address, the colours of the lights on the map will show if they are Essex County Council's responsibility and if they are part of the part night lighting scheme. You can click on each coloured dot for more information about the light.